Fashion Newcomer: Emma Parker
Aspiring fashion designer Emma Parker is the first in our Newcomer series, talking about her influences and interning experiences.
So, what sparked your interested in fashion design?
I was amazed by art and fashion from quite a young age, mostly abstract art and sculpture. The majority of the fashion pieces I made were extremely couture and textured. In my art foundation year I made an outfit with a pregnant belly made of recycled metals! And ever since that I have been fascinated with how you can sculpt a material to the human body.
Who are your main influences/inspirations?
Rick Owens..his coats are incredible. Many many many talented artists. Every textile ever! My peers most of all, especially my friends. Their talent makes me competitive and therefore I push myself harder!
How has your work experience and interning affected your career path?
Being an intern is really hard sometimes. I have interned for high street companies, couture companies like Iris Van Herpen and also a Dutch weaving artist named Marianne Kemp. Every experience was completely different to the last and every one vital to me finding out who I am as a designer and who I want to be as a designer in the future.
Any there are particular ones that have stood out? Why?
Interning for Iris Van Herpen in Amsterdam was definitely influential to me as a person. I think we all have an idea of who we want to be and where we want to go while were studying but things change when you experience things first hand. When I finished at Iris I found Dutch weaving artist Marianne Kemp as I wanted to learn more about the hand craft of textiles. She was kind enough to teach me how to hand weave on her wonderful loom and help her to create a new fashion collection. It was incredible to be a part of creating a garment from the single yarn it starts as.
If you could take part in any internship, what would it be?
I think to gain the most out of an internship you have to feel like you are learning all the time. I think there need to be more internships that offer you more in terms of solid skills you can take away (like weaving) and apply to your career in the future.
Learn more about Emma and her collection here